One of the best and potentially most expensive wedding destinations in the world, London has a huge selection of historic and contemporary locations and venues for you to choose from. With so much choice, it can be overwhelming planning a wedding in the city. Try not to feel rushed, there are plenty of fantastic suppliers and you are bound to find ones who are available on your wedding and are within your budget. While Londoners complain about the traffic, it's generally pretty easy to get around so don't be afraid to book a South London-based supplier for your wedding in North-East London.
Where to start?
1 You can't get far without first working out your wedding budget. Try and get a rough idea of what you can afford. Put this number into our handy, free budget calculator to get a guide on how this might be split.
2 Now that you're all set with your budget, it's time to get an idea of the guest numbers. You may need to go back and revisit your budget depending on numbers. Our free guest tracker in the planning tools section will help you store all names and details.
3 Next, it's time to find your dream venue. Deconsecrated church in South London or converted mill over in the East. From fancy hotels to city pubs there's something for everyone. You may need to book a separate venue for the ceremony.
4 Finding the dream wedding dress can take a while and there's no need to feel rushed. Check out our wedding dress section to browse 1000s of designers and styles. Get an idea for what you like and then see which boutiques near you stock the designs you like.
We believe that on this of all days, you should be able to have exactly what you want. Our selection of function rooms allows you to choose precisely the space, ambiance and facilities your guest-list and wedding theme demand.
5 Now that you've booked your venue it's time to find your other suppliers. We recommend starting with some London-based photographers. They might be a bit pricier than you'd expect but they're well worth it!
6 If food and drink is not in the venue package and this is something you need to source separately then it's worth getting your catering sorted. Plus, you get to enjoy all the tasting. Fortunately, London is the culinary capital of the world and has plenty of choice and limitless cuisines.
7 So you know the date of your top notch London wedding! It's time to send save the dates to all your guests. If you're sending physical save the dates then check out our fantastic stationery section for some great suppliers and designs.
8 Entertainment! Want to have the ultimate party? 82% of our couples say they are most looking forward to the band and the dancing at the wedding. This is often the most memorable part of the wedding for your guests.
9 London has great florists everywhere. Can you get them to include any flowers that have grown locally? No matter what style of venue you've chosen, the right blooms always add that extra touch of magic.
10 Hair and makeup just for the bride or your bridesmaids too? Get your trial booked in (you'll have to pay for this) so you've got an idea of the whole look on the big day. Hair and makeup artists are usually willing to travel so no harm in getting quotes from other areas of London.
11 Cake! Lots of yummy cake makers in London and just like the catering before, this is your chance to get stuck in with the tastings. Find a local London-based supplier to ensure your cake doesn't have to travel too far on the day.
12 While we've only picked a handful of supplier categories above, we recommend you use our checklist planning tool to make sure you have everything ticked off. Remember, you'll also need to look at attire for the groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids along with Venue styling decor and favours.
For a further breakdown of local suppliers, we suggest that you search the venues and suppliers in the following areas and boroughs:
Bermondsey, Islington, Hoxton, Shoredtich, Camden, Herne Hill, Dulwich, Westminster, Bloomsbury, Bayswater, Raynes Park, Peckham, Forest Gate, Walthamstow, Bromley-by-Bow, Stratford, Clapham, Brixton, Sutton, Tooting, Crystal Palace, Cheam, Croydon, Hampstead, Finchley